Erectile dysfunction, otherwise known as male impotence is the inability experienced by a man to maintain or achieve an erection. Erectile dysfunction is triggered by several factors such as mental stress, depression, excessive consumption of alcohol, smoking, low testosterone levels, penile problems and nerve related disorders. According to ayurveda, erectile dysfunction is the result of the disruption of one of the vaayus of the body titled apaanavayu. Apaanavayu is located in the testicles, urinary bladder, phallus, groin and anus. It controls ejaculation, erection and also the passage of stool and urine.
Ayurvedic measures to treat erectile dysfunction use a combination of herbal pills, massages and alterations in the patient’s lifestyle to boost erection. A combination of all these remedies is titled vajikarana therapy. The ayurvedic vajikarana therapy derives its name from vaji which means horse. It infers that this therapy helps men in overcoming problems faced while sexual intercourse including erectile dysfunction. It also enhances the quality of sperm, and sperm motility.
Herbs that include, vangabhasma, lauhabhasma, shilajitu, hingula, yashtimadhu, pravalapishti, kapikacchu, and kupeelu are beneficial in increasing sperm count. These herbs also boost erection by helping in increasing the duration for which a man can hold his erection.
Kajjali, satavari, vanga bhasma, jiraka, vidarikanda, bala, tamra bhasma, ativisha, jatiphala, karpura, lavanga and abhrakabhasma, are known to have properties that can treat erectile dysfunction.
There are various oils that are used by ayurveda practitioners to relieve a person of stress. Stress is one of the major reasons that lead to erectile dysfunction.
Herbal oils that used for body massages contain herbs such as bala kashaya and bala kalka have restorative powers. There relive stress, rejuvenate the body, halt the regressive process of ageing and also boost the libido.
Sesame based oils are used to massage the penis which relaxes the pelvic area, increases blood circulation and also helps in increasing the duration of an erection. The herbs present in these oils include, bala, ashwagnadha, shatavari and sariva.
As ayurveda is based on the principle that overall wellness of the body and mind has a direct effect on any kind of treatment.
Yoga and meditation are important methods by which the body can be energised and the mind refreshed. This eventually helps in treatment of erectile dysfunction as the body and mind react to treatment.
Adequate sleep is another essential ingredient on which the success rate of treatment depends. Eight hours of sleep will ensure that the body is relaxed and stress free.
Dietary changes such as the inclusion of ghee, nuts, urad (black gram) lentil and sweet items reported help in the cure of erectile dysfunction. Hot and spicy foods should be avoided as they can upset the doshas of the body and impede treatment.
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